The NHL’s new East division might be the toughest in the league. There are six teams with a reasonable chance to win it, including the Flyers.
But four teams from this group will not be invited to the postseason, and the Flyers have a chance to be on that list, too. The margin between playoffs and golf season will be thin.
Alain Vigneault’s boys did an admirable job in the second half of last season of not losing consecutive games, a trait that would serve them very well to repeat in this format.
With eight games against each of their seven divisional opponents, a short memory is critical. Losing streaks could be murder since every game is practically worth four points — two for you or two for your opponent.
With the unique season finally at hand, here is a quick look at the Flyers opponents.